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Radio Communications Expert Receives First OSP "Charles P. Pray Award"
Mike Zanon
OWIN Program Manager
Office: (503) 798-8379

Photograph Source: Oregon State Police (left to right: Mike Zanon, OWIN Program Manager, Don Pfohl; Superintendent Timothy McLain)
Mike Zanon, OWIN Program Manager, Don Pfohl; Superintendent Timothy McLain
One of the State's leading radio communications expert's contributions was recognized today when he received the first presentation of a new Oregon State Police award for distinguished career achievements. The recipient also recently received a prestigious national award by the Radio Club of America for his service and industry contributions.
On February 5, 2008, Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Timothy McLain presented the first "Charles P. Pray Award" to Don Pfohl, Technical Project Manager for the Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN). The OWIN project is the State's initiative to consolidate four state agency public safety radio systems and enable interoperable voice communication with other public safety agencies across Oregon. The new OSP award recognizes Department employees whose body of work or career accomplishment(s) has a significant effect on the Department and establishes positive state, national or international recognition.
"Don's lifetime commitment and devotion to wireless communications is unparalleled and has greatly enhanced the safety of Oregon's citizens and Public Safety employees," said Superintendent McLain. "His national leadership and passion for the public safety community has had a far reaching impact while ensuring constant improvement of the vital communication life-line on which so many public safety employees depend."
Pfohl, age 69, has worked for OSP for over 5 years and has worked on radio systems for OSP, ODOT, Department of Forestry, and Department of Corrections. Additionally, he has provided public safety communications leadership and technical expertise for the cities of San Francisco, California and Mesa, Arizona. He also serves on a national committee that is developing communication system standards.
In November 2007, Pfohl was inducted as a "Fellow" in the Radio Club of America (RCA) at its 98th Anniversary of the Annual Awards Banquet in New York City. Nominated by industry peers, the "Fellow" designation is awarded by RCA for dedicated service and significant industry contribution. He was inducted as a "Fellow" with others including the founder of Nextel and founder/chairman of Cyren Call Communications.
The "Charles P. Pray Award" is named after the first Superintendent of Oregon State Police. A State Parole Officer and former Department of Justice Agent, Charles P. Pray was appointed Superintendent effective June 7, 1931 and served as the Department's leader until 1946. Upon creation of the Department of State Police, he announced its objective to be "dignified and courteous law enforcement service devoted to the needs of the public." His concept has not changed throughout the years, even though the challenges faced by public safety have.